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3L Leah Bench seeks to aid military members with family law services

Jul 17, 2024

Leah Bench first began her legal education at the S.J. Quinney College of Law as a student in the Master of Legal Studies program in fall 2019. From there, her desire to practice law only grew, and now she is a rising 3L in the JD program.

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Making waves: Utah Law professors and alum Brian Steed partner to save the Great Salt Lake

Jul 15, 2024

In early 2023, a widely publicized report predicted that the Great Salt Lake would disappear within five years if its loss rate continued. To highlight legal pathways to restoring the lake, the Wallace Stegner Center launched the Great Salt Lake Project—and a brand-new class called the Environmental Policy Accelerator to give students firsthand experience working with policymakers to address environmental challenges.

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Utah Law welcomes Assistant Lecturer Professor Aaron Christenson

Jul 10, 2024

2024 will be a year of firsts for Assistant Lecturer Professor Aaron Christenson: He will be teaching at Utah Law for the first time in the fall, and he and his wife recently welcomed their first child.

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Cycle-breaker: Find out why Shyanne Blackburn chose to attend Utah Law

Jul 08, 2024

Rising 2L Shyanne Blackburn grew up in a small rural town in south-central Utah. As a Navajo first-generation student, she was excited to recently receive the Flora Sombrero and Neeta Lind Diné Law Scholarship, a fund started by alum Jeffrey Fillerup and his wife, Neeta Lind, to help Diné students attend local colleges on or near the Diné Nation.

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Advancing economic fairness: Meet rising 3L Josh Allen

Jul 05, 2024

Rising 3L Josh Allen is spending his summer working at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC). While working as a research assistant at the S.J. Quinney College of Law last fall, Allen became interested in this aspect of law.

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Utah Law faculty updates: June 2024

Jul 03, 2024

Each month, we share notable updates—including presentations, publications, panels, and other accomplishments—from Utah Law faculty members.

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Professor Paul Cassell quoted by national media about Department of Justice Boeing Max prosecution decision

Jul 02, 2024

Professor Paul Cassell is quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and other national publications about the the Boeing Max  case, most recently the plea deal that would allow Boeing to avoid a trial.

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When dealing with conflict, don’t just be nice—be kind and firm

Jul 01, 2024

As I explain, being kind and firm helps us focus on what really matters and get good outcomes for ourselves and others when dealing with conflict—and, in doing so, it helps us avoid many of the problems people create by focusing on “just being nice.”

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Never too late to celebrate! F. Bryant McOmber Jr. walks with class of 2024

Jun 27, 2024

McOmber successfully completed his law studies in January 1973, but further obligations prevented him from participating in the graduation ceremonies.

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Trees to torts: Rising 3L Natalie Merline pursues interest in environmental justice

Jun 25, 2024

Rising 3L Natalie Merline earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and says she always assumed she would work within science. While earning her undergraduate, however, she couldn’t see a clear career path within science.

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Utah Business 2024 Legal Elite list honors Utah Law alumni and faculty

Jun 24, 2024

Utah Business partnered with law firm Kirton McConkie to present the 2024 Legal Elite, which honors 100 leading Utah lawyers who have made significant contributions in their respective legal fields. The award judges included Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner, along with alums Mike Mower and Noella Subdury.

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Supreme Court justice cites Prof. Teneille Brown’s amicus brief in Diaz v. United States case

Jun 21, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case Delilah Guadalupe Diaz v. United States (No. 23-14) on June 20, 2024, finding that the government’s expert witness did not violate Rule 704(b). In her concurring opinion, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson cited an amicus brief co-written by Professor Teneille Brown.

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Sharing memories: Honoring alums George K. Fadel and Roger Thompson

Jun 21, 2024

The College of Law recently introduced a brand-new way to celebrate older alums and, on the same day, honored both the class of 2024 and graduates spanning the decades at the annual Alumni Awards. We’ve spotlighted just two of the attendees—George Fadel and Roger Thompson.

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Lecturer Professor Amos Guiora featured on podcasts about work on Bystander Initiative

Jun 20, 2024

Lecturer Professor Amos Guiora was featured on the podcasts Little Bit of Life and The Homeless Conservative, speaking about his research in institution complicity and the role of bystanders and enablers.

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Aliza Murad named 2024-2025 Durham Fellow by Utah Center for Legal Inclusion

Jun 19, 2024

The Utah Center for Legal Inclusion (UCLI) named rising 2L Aliza Murad a Durham Fellow for the 2024-2025 school year. Murad is a Pakistani American immigrant who came to the U.S. at age 10, and her experiences shaped her commitment to service, access, and community engagement.

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Utah Law faculty updates: May 2024

Jun 18, 2024

Each month, we share notable updates—including presentations, publications, panels, and other accomplishments—from Utah Law faculty members.

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Joining ELI’s Summer School Series

Jun 17, 2024

According to Alice Cooper, “School’s out for summer.” But that refrain is a bit outdated. For the past few summers, the Environmental Law Institute has been hosting the Summer School Series for those who see the leisurely summer schedule as a chance to get ahead.

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Professor Leslie Francis co-authors Newsweek and Salt Lake Tribune opinion pieces about reproductive health based on new book

Jun 13, 2024

Professor Leslie Francis, an expert in medical ethics, co-authored an opinion piece in The Salt Lake Tribune with her husband, Professor John G. Francis, on the right to interstate movement.

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Professor James Holbrook celebrates 50 years as a Utah Law alum

Jun 11, 2024

Clinical Professor James Holbrook recently celebrated his 50th year as a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Now an inducted member of the Golden Gavel society, he is also a recent recipient of the Alumni of the Year award, which he received at the Alumni Awards ceremony April 12.

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Professor Nancy McLaughlin speaks to Wall Street Journal about Mar-a-Lago easements

Jun 07, 2024

Professor Nancy McLaughlin, an expert on conservation easements, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the easements on the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., owned by former President Donald Trump.

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Aiming higher: Rachel Prickett Passey works with USHE to improve education

Jun 05, 2024

If you’d asked rising 3L Rachel Prickett Passey as a child what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have answered with “teacher.” After working as a special education paraprofessional when she was just beginning college, however, Passey decided to change course.

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Professor Chris Peterson quoted in Bloomberg article about Walmart mispricing issue

Jun 03, 2024

Professor Chris Peterson, an expert in consumer finance, was quoted in a Bloomberg article about an internal system failure that caused mispricing, with some goods being sold at incorrect lower prices and others at higher prices.

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The power of “Yes and…”

Jun 01, 2024

“Yes, and” thinking is a mindset and way of speaking that reflects the simple but profound fact that the world is complex, and seemingly contradictory things can—and do—coexist. 

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Environmental Justice Clinic students recognized with CLEA awards for outstanding clinical and externship students

May 31, 2024

Congratulations to recent graduates Ashley DelBalzo, Caitlin Imhoff, and Olivia McQuarrie, who were recognized by the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) as Outstanding Clinical and Externship Students.

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A worthwhile endeavor: MLS student Ryne Vogel pairs his HR career with legal studies education

May 30, 2024

As an undergraduate majoring in philosophy, MLS student Ryne Vogel had every intention of pursuing a JD degree and a career as an attorney. Life, however, steered him in a different direction with his interest in the law firmly intact.

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Humans at SJQ: Meet the students, alumni, and faculty we’ve featured in 2023-2024

May 29, 2024

The S.J. Quinney College of Law has a wonderful community that includes a wide variety of people, each with their own story of what drew them to the legal field. Here are some of the amazing Humans at SJQ that we featured this year.

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Lightbulb moment: Alum Mark Pittman shares how law degree supports entrepreneurship

May 27, 2024

One night in March 2014, Mark Pittman (’15) was stuck at a traffic light on 700 E after leaving the University of Utah campus. Suddenly, he had an inspiration for a brand-new business.

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